Events/Classes

Gravenstein Apple Fair, CA
August 18, 2019; 11:30-1pm

Building Natural Log Beehives

Log hives rehabilitate the natural home environment of honeybees which allowed them to thrive for millions of years. To rewild honeybees provides natural resources for local honeybee populations and supports the honeybee’s health. Join Michael and learn about innovative ways of apiculture and how to create and provide ideal nesting habitat for honeybees. You’ll get hands-on experience with the first phase of hive-building and be able to build your own bee sanctuary at home.  

more info here

Interactive Live Stream
August 24, 2019; 6:15 – 8pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Awareness can be defined as the ability to have knowledge of or perception of a situation or fact. All living beings are aware under this definition since all living things can and do perceive a change in their environment, respond appropriately, modify their behavior and adapt. Also, all species have the ability to communicate in some form with each other.  Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as sentience, awareness, subjectivity, agency and the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.

In Salon #6 we will explore sentience and bees and how we can expand humanity’s moral circle.

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com

For sign up click here.

Soil Not Oil Conference; 5th Annual Agro-Ecological and Environmental Conference, CA
September 9-10,2019

Apis Arborea – Apiculture in the Anthropocene

More info tba soon.

Interactive Live Stream
October 5,2019; 6:15 – 8pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

We will announce the topic for Salon #7 soon. Stay tuned.

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com

Interactive Live-Stream
October 12, 2019; 10am-1pm PST                                                                                                                                      

Arboreal (log) Hives – Changing the paradigm of Apiculture.

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.

We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. The rewilding of honeybees and nest restoration are becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

During the live stream event, we will explore various arboreal hive designs. Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical log hives and share lots of video footage, required tools, and other resources.  This lifestream event will integrate groundbreaking research data and fundamental changes in life sciences as resources for a paradigm shift for apiculture strategies in the Anthropocene.

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment, which allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.  Tickets available here.

Interactive Live-Stream
November 9, 2019   10am-1pm PST                                                                                                                                     

LocApiary – A Vision for the Collaboration of landscape, honeybees, and humans.

The Anthropocene and the accelerating extinction of life on earth are a wake-up call for a fundamental shift of apiculture and of being on earth. 

LocApiary is a local watershed apiary and an innovative initiative which follows a symbiotic narrative and a vision for the collaboration of landscape, honeybees & humans.  The framework of LocApiary follows the natural life gestures of honeybees and integrates cutting edge research in life sciences with collaborative strategies for beekeepers and conservationists in their local watersheds. This workshop attempts to move beyond a binary approach in our exploration of the apian matrix of life and to think literally outside the box. 

Michael will share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture and various aspects of his work, among them, examples from current rewilding projects, log hive designs and as well as the craft of arboreal apiculture.  

Please join us from your home – without traveling and a lower carbon footprint.

For Tickets click here.

Past Events & Workshops in 2018

NYU Tisch School of the Arts
April 5, 2019

Hiving: Aesthetic Sociality, Living Forms, Forms of Living, A Research Symposium

For a schedule and more info click here

Interactive life stream
April 20, 2019; 10 am – 1 pm, PST


LocApiary – A Local Watershed Apiary

The Anthropocene and the accelerating extinction of life on earth are a wake-up call for a fundamental shift of being on earth.

LocApiary is an innovative initiative for the protection and conservation of Honeybees. It follows a symbiotic narrative and a vision for the collaboration of landscape, honeybees & humans. LocApiary provides a framework for a holistic approach to the health and survival of Honeybees.

It rehabilitates the natural life gestures of honeybees and honors and protects their essential role in sustaining life on our planet.
This workshop attempts to move beyond a binary approach in our exploration of the apian matrix of life and to think literally outside the box. We will study apian life gestures within arboreal hives, sustainable apian nest designs and new concepts in life sciences such as holobionts. We will explore innovative approaches to bee health which integrate landscape, honeybees and social/ cultural fields. Michael will also share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture and examples from current rewilding / LocApiary projects.

To sign up click here.

Interactive live stream
April 28, 2019; 7:15 – 9pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

The April meeting is the fourth sequence of an ongoing Salon which is open to anyone.  We understand it as an opportunity for a global arboreal apiculture community to connect and meet for exchange and symbiotic learning, to share innovative ideas and to be a resource for each other.  We envision this live streaming event to be a creative and interactive place to re-envision apiculture in the time of the Anthropocene. We hope that this gathering will be able to embrace and encourage a diversity of disciplines and vantage points.

Special guests are Debra Roberts (US) and Heidi Herrman (UK).

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com

For sign up click here.

Interactive Live Stream
March 2, 2019; 10 am – 1 pm, PST                                                                                                                                                 

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture and Building Log Hives

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.

We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees are becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

During the workshop, we will explore various arboreal hives designs. Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical log hives and share lots of video footage, required tools, and other resources.

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment, which allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.

To sign up click here

Portland, OR
November 14 – 18, 2018

Biodynamic Conference
Transforming the Heart of Agriculture

Apis Arborea – Rewilding Honeybees

In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea’ and share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture, among them the framework of an indigenous, arboreal apiculture and LocApiary, a vision of a local watershed apiary.  Rewilding and the rehabilitation of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to further develop a biodynamic paradigm of apiculture.

More details here.